Bio-Rad’s S3™ Cell Sorter Chosen for Annual Course in Flow Cytometry

Bio-Rad’s S3 cell sorter will be used as a training instrument at the 36th Annual Research Course in Flow Cytometry, held at the University of New Mexico June 8–14, 2013.

Prof. David Galbraith of the University of Arizona.

“We chose the S3 cell sorter because it represents one example of an emerging trend in flow cytometric instrumentation, encompassing automated setup and operation as a sorter, a drastically reduced capital cost, and an accompanying small laboratory footprint,” said Dr. David Galbraith, co-director, with Teresa Hawley, of the Fluorescent Protein Analysis and Sorting lab session.

The research methods course will be offered with an emphasis on applications in cell biology, immunology, cell labeling, fluorescent protein analysis, bead-based assays, screening, and sorting. Distinguished members of the flow cytometry community will teach a number of laboratory sessions and lectures aimed at individuals with some experience in flow cytometry. Participants include students, postdocs, technicians, junior faculty, and company technical representatives. All attendees will have access to a wide variety of commercial and developmental instruments.

“I anticipate many applications will emerge as a result of moving flow cytometry and cell sorting into user laboratories and away from central cores,” said Galbraith. “Nevertheless, for some activities, core facilities will remain indispensible. I want attendees to be aware of these considerations, and to appreciate the capabilities of the new-generation instruments like the S3 cell sorter.”

The Annual Research Course in Flow Cytometry is the longest-running flow cytometry training course in the U.S. It alternates between Bowdoin College in Maine and the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

For more information about the S3 cell sorter, please visit

About the S3 Cell Sorter
The S3 cell sorter is an automated, easy-to-use, benchtop cell sorter equipped with one or two lasers, forward- and side-scatter detectors, and up to four fluorescent detectors. The S3 cell sorter and its ProSort™ software were designed to enable even novices to set up and calibrate the instrument in less than 30 minutes with minimal user input. Automated system monitoring features create a “walk-away” capability during the sort process. The simplicity of operation and the price point of the S3 cell sorter make cell sorting more accessible to new labs and core facilities that previously could not afford or support a flow cytometry instrument.

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